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   Update 3/8: Thank you for all of your comments, likes and especially your prayers for my little granddaughter. Update: the medicine for her eye infection seems to be improving the condition. Her oxygen levels dropped last night, but she didn’t quit breathing. She may be released in the next day or two; however, will probably be sent home with oxygen, monitors for breathing and such. We are so incredibly grateful for modern medicine and advanced technology.
  Update 3/7: My granddaughter is breathing easier but now has a serious eye infection. Please keep her in your prayers. We all appreciate your kind comments and well wishes; they mean so much.
   Huge Blessings!
  A new baby girl joins our family; it hasn’t been all smooth sailing though.

Our granddaughter was born the other day coming in just over seven pounds and a few days early. All seemed perfect until Stan and I went to the hospital to see the new precious arrival. As we walked onto the floor of the hospital, Derek our oldest son, met us and said that when Tawni, our daughter-in-law, was trying to feed the baby, the infant quit breathing and turned bluish; which immediately set in motion a team of trained professionals working to resuscitate her. Derek hurried back to Tawni while Stan and I waited in the lobby for a very scary, pray-filled anxious time. It seemed the minutes dragged on eternally.
Finally Derek came out to tell us that the doctors were able to revive the baby and she was now in the natal intensive care unit, and being monitored by a team of doctors and nurses. They were working feverishly to find the problem and what was causing this life-threatening situation.

It was a very stressful night for all the families, with it occurring at least four  times that first 24 hours.
An ENT had a scope in our granddaughters throat to try to see what was causing her to stop breathing and found that she has a floppy larynx. This is a condition where an infant’s epiglottis and vocal folds are weak, and a part of the anatomy collapses which plugs the airway. This issue usually resolves its self and  does not require any additional interventions.
Derek and Tawni both were taught infant CPR at the hospital, a machine will be sent home to alert them if the baby quits breathing, and possibly one to help her breathe when needed.
We are incredibly  blessed and grateful that this little one is doing so much better, and look forward to her coming home when she is healthy enough.

Baby 4We appreciate your prayers  for our infant girl’s health and quick healing.

Baby 2

Now a family of 3, or 5 you might say!

The little one crying thought he had to leave Grandma & Grandpa’s house before he was done playing.

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014

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  • Jody Meza says:

    Aren’t the inventions of modern technology such a blessing. I am sure that it was not that many years ago that is would have not been a positive diagnosis.
    Love you and all you do.

  • Connie Rasmussen says:

    Thank goodness she will be okay. Thank the good Lord the problem was readily found .
    Wouldn’t it be wonderful if every time anybody is checked out of a hospital they was given a coupon for a free or discounted C P R training class.

  • Deanna says:

    Congrats on the arrival of a beautiful little girl! Prayers for her health and strength for mom and dad (and grandma and grandpa)! Hugs!

  • Diane Roark says:

    CONGRATULATION! I am also so sorry you are having to go through so much. I just tear up thinking about it. My son Caleb was in the hospital 3 months at birth. He even stopped breathing 2 times. Hearing your story brought back HELPLESS feelings. All we could do was pray while everyone was trying to bring him back to life. It was also stressful with him being home with oxygen and monitors. I am praying for you and your sweet granddaughter.
    Diane Roark

  • Cindy Sheldon says:

    Congratulations on your new granddaughter! What a scarey time for you and Stan to walk into. But I am sure she is in good hands. Let me know if you need anything, especially advice since I work in a NICU too. But it seems like they got it all under control. It is so hard to see a baby so sick, because they can’t let you know what they are feeling. You feel so helpless. But we will pray for her and your family.

  • Hi Carrie – Oh, this must have been so very scary for your family. I am thankful that the doctors were able to identify your granddaughter’s problem quickly and figure out how to address it.

  • My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Poor little sweetie. That is terrifying. I hope you are taking care and getting rest. Keep us updated with how everyone is doing. Love and hugs to you and yours!

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